Has wet weather spoiled summer trade?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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Rainy prospects: How has the wet weather impacted business? (Credit: Getty/ onfilm)
Rainy prospects: How has the wet weather impacted business? (Credit: Getty/ onfilm)

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Sunny days are few and far between this summer, with July seeing rain sweep the UK.

The average mean temperature of 15.8 °C in June broke the previous record of 14.9°C set in 1940 and 1976, according to the Met Office.

But this trend failed to follow through into the following months.

The Met Office said while sunshine and showers are likely in August,​ the showers will become fewer and lighter on previous days with drier periods.


Has wet weather spoiled summer trade?

  • Yes

  • No


Some Southern areas are likely to become dry, with fairly warm weather and light winds expected.

Thwarted business

Conditions are likely to remain changeable towards the end of August into early September.

Some dry spells are possible, but overall, there is a slightly higher likelihood that conditions will be wetter than average during the period as opposed to drier.

Wet weather​ has thwarted trading periods that were expected to be strong earlier this year.

Operators claimed business over the coronation weekend in May was worse than expected, blaming shocking weather conditions and the cost-of-living crisis.

Dampened trade

The coronation​ took place on Saturday 6 May to crown Britain’s first new reigning monarch, King Charles III, in 70 years. Celebrations continued across the bank holiday weekend through to Monday 8 May.

A spokesperson for the Plough at Coton, Cambridgeshire, said it was a “very, very quiet" weekend, and the rain didn’t help matters.

Wind and showers swept across the capital on Saturday and Monday. Wet weather meant Brits got drenched at celebrations and the flypast over Buckingham Palace had to be scaled back.

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